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Saturday, 15 March 2008

The true life-after-death story of an Italian mother who continues to guide her

son from The Other Side

 

Henderson, NV, Mar 10, 2008 - Italian Mothers Never Die They Just Get Louder From The

Side is a true life-after-death story that follows the days and nights of author Marc Barone after

his beloved, overbearing, fiery mama passes on. Fortunately she doesn't go so far away as to not

be heard. In fact, as the years pass, he becomes quite used to her guiding presence, proving the

fact that a mothers bond transcends all barriers.

 

With humor and open hearted honesty, Barone takes us on a remarkable journey through his

abusive childhood and marriage, his days working in a world famous Manhattan restaurant, and

his passion to become a songwriter. His mom, Joia, is never too far away, as her presence and

advice follow his days, creating an indelible affect on her son's life-whether she is saving him

from dangerous situations, performing an exquisite Christmas miracle, or helping him find a job.

 

"I was engulfed in an unrelenting manic panic; in the middle of turning everything inside out

and upside down yet again when mom's faint voice stirred within me: "Calm down, son, you're

going to get your wallet back tomorrow."

 

I instantly stopped in my tracks, shocked at the absurd dialogue that had just invaded my fear-

crazed spirit. "Ha! That's a good one! I sarcastically said out loud. "I'm going to get it back

tomorrow? Yeah, right!!! That's really gonna happen!!! Apparently I've not only lost my wallet,

now I'm losing my mind!!! I sneered back at her.

 

The vibration of her voice stirred louder within me: "Marc, calm down! You're going to make

yourself sick if you don't! You need to go and eat something before your stomach does that

thing.."

 

Unlike so many other accounts of a phenomenal nature that tend to be quite treacly in their

approach, Barone's story has a kind of in-your-face New York style that is addictively

entertaining. As an aspiring songwriter, the chapters of Barone's life are punctuated with well-

known lyrics from The Beatles, Billy Joel, Stevie Nicks and many others, but it is his own

musical offerings that truly haunt the pages.

 

About the book:

Italian Mothers Never Die: by Marc Barone

ISBN: 978-1432705244

Publisher: Outskirts Press

Date of publish: April 2007

Pages: 256

S.R.P.: $16.95

 

 

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Guadalajara, MX, Mar 10, 2008 - In This Life This Dream, author Michael

Graham develops a fast paced plot in the post WWII era.

 

A tale of romance, political conflict, and air combat set in the imaginary South American

republic of Asturia just after World War II, This Life, This Death explores the motives

and thoughts that govern its characters' actions, as well as the conflicting forces that

create the story and keep it moving. The struggle between Asturia's democratic

government and the totalitarian movement bent on its overthrow, the fight over control of

its natural resources, and the interpersonal conflicts among the men involved in the

fighting all converge to create a story that moves quickly to its climax.

 

This Life, This Death begins when its protagonist, a former fighter pilot named David

Bridgeman, flies out to a remote mountain airport to investigate the unexplained crash of

a fellow pilot. There, he makes a terrifying discovery: his colleague was the victim of a

deliberate attack. His discovery leads to others, and finally to a plot masterminded by a

fugitive secret-police officer to seize power and open Asturia's natural resources to

foreign exploitation. Bridgeman joins the country's fight, motivated by both a strong

sense of justice and also a deep attachment to an Asturian woman and her child. With the

plot against Asturia marching toward execution, he races against time to train a squadron

of new pilots who do not completely accept him or his methods, only to find himself in

command after the original commander is killed in action. At the end, he leads the

squadron to victory in a tumultuous air battle.

 

About the book:

This Life, This Death by Michael Graham

ISBN: 9781432719449

Publisher: Outskirts Press

Date of publish: Feb 2008

Pages: 332

S.R.P.: $13.95

 

About the author:

A native of California, Michael Graham lives and works in Guadalajara, Mexico, where

he teaches English and linguistics at a religious college. A student of military and

political history, Mr. Graham is concerned about increasing competition for natural

resources and its consequences. This Life, This Death, his first novel, is built upon these

themes, as well as his intercultural experience.

 

 

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Vampire-themed Novel : Eternal Death

 

A small group of seemingly ordinary people is all that stands in the way of a sinister plan

that could destroy the world as we know it in author Lily Strange's horror novel,

"Eternal Death, Book One: Lost Beneath the Surface."

 

Boulder, CO, Mar 11, 2008 - A small group of seemingly normal individuals is faced

with safeguarding the future of the material universe from a megalomaniacal vampire in

Lily Strange's new must-read horror novel, "Eternal Death, Book One: Lost Beneath the

Surface."

 

This book tells the story of how a race of malevolent vampires attempts to refashion the

very laws of existence-in a way that could mean the end of the world as we know it-as

they seek to reclaim their former glory on earth.

 

Against this backdrop, an acclaimed novelist named Terry Bruckham is awakened by

disturbing memories, as well as a gathering awareness of her own past. Along with those

close to her, she begins to rouse to the sinister plan. Now, the group must rise up and

wage a battle for the future of the universe even as they discover the shocking truth

behind mankind's history. It's a battle both in the material world and the various realms

inhabited by these magnificently powerful gods and spirits, including the mysterious

Dreamlands, home to the sleeping and the earthbound dead.

 

A wide-ranging, multi-voiced work, "Eternal Death, Book One: Lost Beneath the

Surface" is told through flashbacks, excerpts from books written by the novel's

protagonists as well as traditional storytelling. And it weaves a plethora of references that

will be familiar to fans of the genre-including Pagan deities, Judeo-Christian angels and

demons, and the creatures of H.P. Lovecraft-to create a richly imagined world at once

horrifying and captivating.

 

In addition to providing horror fans with a terrifyingly good read, "Eternal Death"

provides a way to give back. Fifty percent of the profits from book sales will be donated

to the World Health Organization's mental health division, states Strange. The decision to

make a contribution to the group was spurred by the book's unique collaborative origin.

According to Strange, a ghost writer-in the literal sense-who began communicating

with her in late 2005 played a critical role in the book's development. Because the

ghost writer committed suicide, Strange says, she hopes to stop others from making the

same error.

 

About the book:

Eternal Death, Book One: Lost Beneath the Surface by Lily Strange

ISBN: 9781432705916

Publisher: Outskirts Press

Date of publish: June 2007

Pages: 504

S.R.P.: $16.95

 

About the author:

An emergency medical technician, the author who goes by the pen name Lily Strange

describes herself as "a reluctant medium." She has been a lifelong student of psychology

and parapsychology, an interest spurred by her own psychic and empathic experiences

stretching back to her earliest memories. Inspired by the works of classic horror writers

Ambrose Bierce, H.P. Lovecraft and Stephen King, and aided by the skillful

contributions of a literal ghost writer, "Lost Beneath The Surface" is the first in a series of

horror novels.

 

 

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Fact and Fiction Mix in Gripping New Ghost Story and Medical

Memoir

Knife on Skin at 7:30 is a fictionalized memoir by Farhan Ansari that describes his

unorthodox pursuit of a surgical career and his bargain with a 300-year-old ghost

 

 

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Farhan Ansari's new book, Knife on Skin at 7:30, is an

inspiring story based on the author's surgical training in a variety of different cultures.

Along with the fascinating medical details, Ansari also introduces a riveting ghost story

which will have readers glued to the edge of their seats.

 

What makes a successful surgeon? For author and doctor Farhan Ansari, it's luck and

perseverance. In Knife on Skin at 7:30, readers will follow the author as he tells the story

of how his surgical training took him from Dublin, Ireland, Dubai, United Arab Emirates,

Singapore and Sydney, Australia. Practicing medicine in all these different cultures was a

challenge, but Ansari's greatest challenge just might have been his encounter with a

female ghost from 1756. After meeting her in Waterford, Ireland, she maintained contact

with him for almost a decade, until she asked him to go back in time 300 years to do her a

favor.

 

Ansari shows talent for weaving together elements of his professional life with aspects of

fantastical fiction, all while providing the reader with a healthy dose of culture. Rich in

suspense and medical detail, Knife on Skin at 7:30 is for anyone who loves travel,

medicine, or a great ghost story.

 

About the book:

Knife on Skin at 7:30 by Farhan Ansari

ISBN: 978-1419675942

Publisher: BookSurge Publishing

Date of publish: Feb 2008

Pages: 360

S.R.P.: $15.00

 

About the author:

Born in Pakistan, Farhan Ansari was educated at an army medical school in Pakistan and

specialized in surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. A consultant pediatric

surgeon, he lives in Saudi Arabia with his wife and two sons.

 

 

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Now Playing: New books!

 

Perry FL, Mar 12, 2008 - In the book Faux Elvis author Pat Cook delivers an

imaginative tale that explores the possibility that Elvis Presley, the King of Rock

and Roll, is still alive.

Ever since Elvis died of a drug overdose in 1977, there have been those who claim

that the King is not really dead, that he is spending the remainder of his life in

solitude, living a more humble existence. What if these people are right?

 

Kasey Costello, a young reporter fresh from journalism school and eager to prove

herself, is sitting on the story any reporter-experienced or rookie alike-would

sell his soul to tell to the world. Elvis Presley, the King of Rock and Roll, was still

alive! Yet the affable and enigmatic man she has befriended wants to reveal himself

to the world in his own way, in his own time. Will Kasey be able to keep his secret,

or will her ambition to succeed drive her to make the scoop of a lifetime, even if it

means betraying a man she has come to admire?

 

JP continued to stare out the window. He turned, looked around the empty

restaurant, and then he slowly let his gaze fall upon Kasey. He began to talk slowly.

"My brother's name was Jesse Garon." He paused, still afraid to open the

Pandora's box of his secret. "My brother's name was Jesse Garon Presley...and my

name is Elvis Presley." A release, a reprieve, a great burden had risen like the

phoenix from its sleep. Elvis sighed and fell silent.

 

Kasey inhaled a deep breath of shock. "But, he died! You died! Everybody saw the

picture of the body. The media frenzy. The crowds. You're kidding, right?"

 

"See, I told you, you would not believe me!" He frowned and looked back out the

window.

 

"No! No! You're not kidding, are you? You're serious?" Her mouth fell open.

 

Elvis continued looking out the window. Kasey closed her mouth and stared in

stunned silence at JP-Elvis. Five minutes of silence passed. "JP...Elvis tell me.

Tell me what happened."

 

With Faux Elvis, Pat Cook has created a story that will delight fans of Elvis Presley,

new and old alike!

 

About the book:

Faux Elvis by Pat Cook

ISBN: 978-1432702366

Publisher: Outskirts Press

Date of publish: June, 2007

Pages: 196

S.R.P.: $24.95

 

About the Author

 

Florida native Pat Cook decided to return to school at the age of 49, graduating with

a degree in Criminal Justice and a degree in Psychology. Faux Elvis is her first

work of historical fiction.

 

 

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Saturday, 8 March 2008

New book: Forgotten Honor

 

 

Killeen, TX, Mar 4, 2008 - In Forgotten Honor, author Jerry Snodgrass

weaves a tale of fast paced suspense around a murder mystery.

 

Blake Tanner is a man you want on your side. Follow him as he

travels from his home in Colorado to New York City, Atlanta, London,

Istanbul, Naples, Athens, and Barcelona in search of clues and answers

connected to his friend's death.

 

Mary Stewart, a young beautiful Ann-Margret look alike, works for the

New York Life Insurance Company. Blake is increasingly attracted to

the young woman. Though there is a twenty-year age difference between

them, they fall in love with each other, and team together for excitement

and thrills at international locations.

 

"This story is dedicated to those brave military men and women who

served in Southeast Asia and Korea, and to the memory of those who

gave their lives for their country." Says Snodgrass. " Let your HONOR

NOT BE FORGOTTEN."

 

About the book:

Forgotten Honor by Jerry Snodgrass

ISBN: 978-1432718176

Publisher: Outskirts Press

Date of publish: Dec 2007

Pages: 228

S.R.P.: $12.95

 

About the author:

GERALD "JERRY" SNODGRASS was born in Butler, Missouri,

in 1938. He entered the military after graduating from high school in 1957, and

successfully fulfilled his dreams of serving in the military and traveling

to exotic locations. He married Elizabeth Fleming in the 1960s, and they

produced a daughter and a son in the 1960s. Jerry who now lives in Killeen, Texas

is an adventurous retired Vietnam Veteran and is a Life Member of the

Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion.

 

 

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The Days of Peleg - A Historical Fiction Thriller

 

 

Baltimore, MD, Mar 5, 2008 - In The Days of Peleg author Jon Saboe

takes the reader back in time in search of an answer to why the human

race is dying.

 

It is now one hundred years since the Great Awakening, and the human race

is finally colonizing the world with new settlements and centers of commerce.

Reu-Nathor, High Minister of the Citadel, announces an expedition to explore

their new world, and Peleg is commissioned as Chief Cartographer aboard the

Urbat. Peleg's core beliefs are challenged and his sense of reality is undermined

by the new cultures and tremendous tragedies he encounters during his twelve-year

voyage. But he has also been given a secret mission to discover the answer to the

one question that no one dares to ask aloud: Why is the human race dying?

 

What he discovers forces Peleg to re-evaluate all he has ever known-and also

provides him with staggering revelations that will determine the eternal destiny

of the entire human race! The Days of Peleg is an action-filled, yet thought provoking

epic which combines the enigmas and mythologies of ancient civilizations with the

intrigue of hard science fiction. Issues as diverse as origins, linguistics, and phenomenology

are concealed within an exciting narrative that boasts diverse characters embarked on an

unimaginable journey. You will never think of ancient man in the same way again.

The Days of Peleg provides an exhilarating yet entertaining look at who we once

were-and who we may one day become.

 

About the book:

The Days of Peleg by Jon Saboe

ISBN: 978-1598008098

Publisher: Outskirts Press

Date of publish: April 2007

Pages: 636

S.R.P.: $19.95


About the Author:
Jon Saboe resides in Baltimore, Maryland, with his lovely wife, Valory, where he

works as a Network Administrator and Web Developer for a medical company.
He received his Masters Degree from Johns Hopkins University, and currently guest

lectures in area schools on Information Theory and Intelligent Design.
He is also a concert pianist, an avid chess enthusiast, and a practitioner of jiu-jitsu.

 

 

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The Rhyme Killers - A Murder Mystery Thriller

 

 

Highlands Ranch, CO, Mar 6, 2008 - Authors Judy Gooden and Naomi

Helterbran have crafted a suspenseful murder mystery novel entitled

The Rhyme Killers.

 

Detective Katie Knight is Philadelphia's top monster hunter. Katie and her

partner, Avis Rent are assigned to the Pied Piper case, the name the

newspapers have given to the latest serial killer running amuck in the city.

The killer's signature is one Katie has never seen. Everything about the case

is unusual and eluding.

 

Dust mites danced through broken windows, an insane ballet in the waning

light. They were the only things moving in the room. As her eyes adjusted,

Katie spied the body of a woman sprawled in the corner of the room. The

woman looked as if she had been tossed aside and forgotten. Afternoon light

filtered through cracked windows forming stripes on the corpse. This pattern

continued across a dirty towel draped over the lower half of the victim's

otherwise naked body.

 

Katie has to prove herself since the antiquated Chief of Detectives wants all

women ...especially her out of the homicide division. Katie refuses to give

up in spite of the numerous dilemmas she faces. The Rhyme Killers has an

ending so bizarre no reader will be able to determine the outcome.

 

About the book:

The Rhyme Killers by Judy Gooden and Naomi Helterbran

ISBN: 978-1432708009

Publisher: Outskirts Press

Date of publish: Aug 2007

Pages: 292

S.R.P.: $14.95

 

About the author:

Judy and Naomi are members of the Highlands Ranch Fiction Writers. The

Rhyme Killers is their first novel. Both have written non-fiction in the education

area. They have also written a sequel to The Rhyme Killers entitled, Nemesis,

which they hope to have published later this year. Both writers live in Colorado,

but have traveled all over the world as employees of The Department of Defense

 

 

 

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Thursday, 28 February 2008

Now Playing: For KIDS

NBA Star Ricky Pierce Bounces Into Children's Books With Release of

First Title

 

Sugar Land, TX, Feb 22, 2008 - Retired NBA star Ricky Pierce made a name for himself

as one of professional basketball's most reliable shooters. Now, Pierce, who was

named the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year in 1987 and 1990 and an All-Star in 1990, has

entered a different kind of court: the world of children's books.

 

Pierce's first entry, the beautiful full-color "Bouncing Billy: A Learning Adventure,"

combines Pierce's love for sports, children and reading and adds an important message of

acceptance. This is a charming story of a friendly basketball who learns a valuable lesson

with the help of some friends.

 

All the pieces of playground equipment are excited for the end of the rainy season, except

Bouncing Billy, a basketball with some unique-but unusual-spots on his side. He's

worried his different appearance will make him a benchwarmer when the recess bell

rings.

 

His pals in the equipment locker, however, are quick to point out that differences are

what make each of them specially suited to what they do, whether it's facilitating a game

of jump rope or football. That's when Bouncing Billy discovers his "spots" are actually

key finger-position markings, giving young basketball players a leg-up on shooting. As

sounds of "swoosh!" ring out again and again over the playground, Bouncing Billy finds

he's a slam-dunk just the way he is.

 

"Bouncing Billy: A Learning Adventure" marks a whole new ballgame for the Rice

University star, who also played for the Detroit Pistons, Milwaukee Bucks and Seattle

SuperSonics. But it continues an effort to positively impact the lives of youngsters first

began during his pro years, when Pierce would often read to grade-school age youth at

schools and hospitals. Having three children of his own, he says, only reinforced the

importance of reading to kids, spurring him on to his latest endeavor. "Books are

essential learning tools for emerging readers, and as a child I truly had limited access to

books in the home," says Pierce.

 

With artwork by renowned children's book illustrator Bobbi Switzer, "Bouncing Billy"

boasts a vibrant, colorful and fun cast of characters, with each one-from the grizzled

Fred the football to the bookish tennis ball called Ted-imbued with a unique

personality. Children are sure to connect with the recognizable playground setting and its

lovable inhabitants as they learn an important life lesson while improving their reading

skills.

 

About the book:

Bouncing Billy by Ricky Pierce

ISBN: 978-1432716967

Publisher: Outskirts Press

Date of publish: Feb 2008

Pages: 24

S.R.P.: $10.95

 

About the author:

Ricky Pierce retired from the National Basketball Association in 1998, where he scored a

total of 14,467 points. He boasts a shooting record of 49.3 percent from the floor and 88.5

percent from the foul line during his 16-year NBA career. Pierce was the NBA's Sixth

Man of the Year in 1987 and 1990 and an All-Star in 1990. He is the creator and inventor

of the AccUShot22 Basketball, which aids children and adults in ball-handling and

shooting skills. The Bouncing Billy Active Play Kit, for ages three to six, followed.

"Bouncing Billy: A Learning Adventure" is the first in a series of planned children's

books. Pierce lives in Texas with his wife, Joyce, formerly of the multi-Grammy award-

winning group, The Fifth Dimension, along with their three children, Christian, Rachel,

and Aron.

 

 

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Now Playing: Thriller!

KillRod: The Cross of Lorraine Murders

 

Northridge, CA, Feb 11, 2008 - Kelly Moran is Hollywood's most glamorous

and in-demand movie star, until her body is found with her skull crushed in the grand

bedroom of her home high in the hills of Bel Air. Vietnam war veteran, Hart St. James,

wakes up next to the corpse. His outrage drives him to track down the killer with or

without the help of the law.

 

Author and Hollywood insider Bill Ison takes readers along for the ride as St. James

attempts to flush out this mystery murderer in Killrod:The Cross of Lorraine Murders.

It's a quest that will take him across the country, as St. James attempts to answer an ever-

twisting series of questions: Why are the studio executives interested in Moran's

relationship with prominent politicians? What is the inexplicable connection between

himself and the mysterious French-born professional assassin he suspects of committing

the gruesome killings? Who hired the assassin? And how is it that the murder weapon

seems to be the same deadly device - dubbed Killrod - that St. James had secretly

created for his own personal use in Vietnam decades ago? The trail leads to the highest

echelons of government - if only he could stay alive long enough to follow the trail's

thread to its source.    

Through it all Ison weaves gripping plot lines with the arresting detail of a master

wordsmith set in large part against the backdrop of the Los Angeles multi-cultured

tapestry. Ison sheds light - as only a film industry veteran can - on a Hollywood studio

culture that's sure to fascinate anyone who ever had the slightest interest in the movies.

Killrod is a riveting psychological thriller with a look inside the development of a killer

and a romp through an unseen criminal underground.

 

About the book:

Killrod by Bill Ison

ISBN: 978-1-4327-1399-7

Publisher: Outskirts Press

Date of publish: Oct 2007

Pages: 388

S.R.P.: $15.95

 

About the author:

Bill Ison was raised in the green timber country of Northern Wisconsin just before the

Great Depression. He had his first jackknife by age seven and his first .22 single shot rifle

when he was eight. His solitary existence led him to learn wood carving and reading.

After spending years in the corporate world including a ten-year stint as part of Mattel's

marketing team, he turned to the Hollywood film studios where he became a sculptor

creating many of the set pieces seen by millions of moviegoers. He never attempted to

have any of his writings published although some of his short stories provided the story

background for advertising some of Mattel's toys. KillRod is his first novel.

 

 

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Wednesday, 27 February 2008

Now Playing: New request

Revolutionary War Heroine Rediscovered in In Search of Molly Pitcher

by Linda Grant De Pauw

 

Pasadena, MD, Feb 21, 2008 - Just in time for women's history month, In Search of

Molly Pitcher by prizewinning historian Linda Grant De Pauw is out in a paperback

edition. De Pauw has written a great deal about the Revolutionary War heroine Molly

Pitcher in books for both adult and young adult audiences, but students still ask her the

same questions that they asked thirty years ago. She wrote In Search of Molly Pitcher, as

a mystery story to answer all the questions while entertaining young readers.

 

"The 130th anniversary of the Battle of Monmouth where Molly Pitcher displayed her

heroism is in June 2008, and I am so happy that my book is available now," says De

Pauw. "Molly Pitcher is the best known military woman in American History, and the

image of her patriotic service at a cannon has inspired generations of girls and women.

But the real facts surrounding the legend have been very hard to come by."

 

When Peggy McAllister learns about an eighth grade social studies award, she is

determined to win it. When she chooses Molly Pitcher, the legendary heroine of the

Revolutionary War Battle of Monmouth, as the subject for her research paper she runs

into difficulties. With the help of her Greatgramps, a retired private investigator, his lady

friend Mrs. Spinner, historian and author of historical romances, and Ms. Guelphstein, a

dedicated reference librarian, Peggy sorts through a maze of confusing and

contradictory evidence as she uncovers the true story of Molly Pitcher.

 

PRAISE FOR IN SEARCH OF MOLLY PITCHER

Alfred F. Young, author of Masquerade: The Life and Times of Deborah

Sampson, Continental Soldier says, "De Pauw is a skilled historian who takes us on an

exciting detective hunt for Molly Pitcher. What a wonderful way for young readers to

learn how to separate historical fact from fiction-and have a lot of fun doing it. I loved

this book."

Eric G. Grundset, Library Director of the National Society Daughters of the

American Revolution says: "Historical method and inquiry, verification of facts, and

sifting of information offer the reader useful instruction in the guise of a clever detective

story."

Historical interpreter Stacy F. Roth says: "In Search of Molly Pitcher deserves

three huzzahs!"

Barbara J. Crudale, President, Rhode Island School Counselor Association says:

"Should be on all middle school required reading lists. Students will identify with

the main character. Enjoyable reading for adults too!"

Beth Gilgun, historian in residence, Deerfield Teachers' Center says "Clearly

points out the difference between primary and secondary sources, clearly walks a student

through the process of researching a paper, and does it all in a very entertaining manner.

I enjoyed it so much that I read it straight through."

And Lucie McCormick, age 12, from Mohawk Middle School in Shelburne Falls,

Massachusetts says, "This book was really interesting, and it made me more interested in

history. Even for people who don't like learning, I think this would be a good book."

 

About the book:

In Search of Molly Pitcher by Linda Grant De Pauw

ISBN: 978-1435706071

Publisher: Lulu.com

Date of publish: Jan 2008

Pages: 164

S.R.P.: $12.00

 

About the author:

Linda Grant De Pauw is Professor Emeritus of History at the George Washington

University and president of The Minerva Center, a non-profit educational foundation

supporting the study of women and war. In addition to books for adult audiences

including Battle Cries and Lullabies: Women in War from Prehistory to the Present, De

Pauw is the author of two books for young adults: Founding Mothers and Seafaring

Women

 

 

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Sunday, 10 February 2008

Now Playing: Kids' Book

Children's book: The 

Magic In You

A delicate little flower brings a powerful message of grace

 

Denver, CO, Feb 6, 2008 - The Magic in You tells the story of a flower that has taken root by a

roadway at the edge of a beautiful forest. She is small in comparison to the other flowers and is

teased for her insignificant stature. A Billy goat comes along and eats one of her pretty golden

petals. Then a car drives by and runs over one of her leaves, leaving the flower in quite a forlorn

state. She begins to cry, which gains the attention of a nearby woodland fairy.

 

"'Why are you crying little flower?'

'Well,' began the little flower, 'I just don't know why I am growing here, by the side of the road,

I mean. All the other flowers make fun of me. I wasn't feeling very pretty, and I wasn't feeling

very smart..'

'Maybe.' the little flower continued, 'you could wave your magic wand and make me beautiful.

Then I would surely be happy.'

'Oh, no,' replied the fairy as she gracefully poised herself to fly away. 'You do not need my

magic to become beautiful, or happy. You can become a happy, beautiful little flower any time

you want.'"

 

With these thoughtful words planted in the little flower, fortuitous events begin to unfold, and the

little flower quickly learns that though her circumstances may be less than ideal, she has the

power to affect the lives of other living creatures by what she can give-kindness, love, and most

of all, forgiveness.

 

The message of this poignantly illustrated story is timeless and transcends a reader's age. One

reason why the story touches on such a deep level is surely due to author Sally Taylor's own life

struggle for self-acceptance after years of spousal abuse.

 

"We all have a choice to remain the victim or find the courage to accept ourselves with all our

faults and all the wounds we have received from others," Taylor says. "It wasn't until I

understood how much my Creator loved me and accepted me, with all of my faults, that I was

able to find the same grace for myself and others. This children's story demonstrates the struggle

to live a victorious life."

 

About the book:

The Magic In You by Sally Taylor

ISBN: 978-1-4327-0324-0

Publisher: Outskirts Press

Date of publish: May 2007

Pages: 40

S.R.P.: $24.95

 

Availability: Ingram, Baker & Taylor, Amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com

 

About the author:

Through Sally H Taylor's own trials and triumph's she has come to believe in the power of faith,

love and forgiveness as key objectives in her personal pursuit of happiness. Life's experiences

have taught her valuable lessons which she has come to identify as deep rooted convictions,

feeling certain that these convictions are necessary in the pursuit of peace with one's self. Using a

colorful blend of experience, talent and imagination she dedicates her convictions to the future

generations. The Magic in You! is the first in a series of recent pursuits, with work progressing

quickly on the follow-up.

 

 

Note: Review copies of this book are available by replying to this e-mail.

Please include your mailing address. Assistance in coordinating interviews

with the author is also available by replying.

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